Dual V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup has rated his drive of a six-speed Pro Gearbox kart in Ipswich (Queensland) today right up there alongside his drive of a Formula One car from earlier in the year.
Whincup, a two-time Champion in the CIK Stars of Karting Series, drove the Vodafone-backed Tony Kart Gearbox machine regularly piloted by Chris Hays for the first time this morning.
After reaching speeds in excess of 120 km/h and completing over 24 gear changes per lap around the 1080-metre circuit, Whincup said today's drive reminded him of his time behind the wheel of the McLaren Mercedes Formula One car in March.
The CIK style of racing is back for 2010, with round one being contested at the Mt Sugarloaf circuit in Newcastle, NSW. Included are some highlights from the on-track action today, and a few thoughts from some of the guys who've been around karting for a long time, including Troy Hunt, Ken Schroeder and John Wall.